Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
March 31, 2011
Filed Under Pets
Contributed by Marnely Rodriguez, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
When searching for the right breed of dog for your family, take into account the time you are willing to put into its training, plus its environment: if you live in a small apartment, consider a smaller dog or low energy breed, and vice versa if you live in a large home.
Certain breeds have made the list of most popular family pets and companions for decades, because of their trainability, temperament and adaptability.
Here is a list of my top ten most popular dog breeds:
10. Pit Bull
This breed (which isn’t really a breed, according to the AKC) has developed a bad reputation over the years, but interestingly enough, if you train your pit bull with a strong hand and show him who is boss, you will have a caring, family dog by your side. Forget about the negative associations with this breed and train your dog to understand your commands and he will do as he’s told.
9. Golden Retriever
Family-loving dogs, Golden Retrievers are caring dogs that need to see you in a pack leader. Gentle and patient with children, they will not be very good guard dogs, they will loudly announce of any strangers in their surroundings. Very well-mannered and with a charm like no other, this breed is the perfect family dog!
Highly energetic and loving toy dogs, they adapt well to people and other animals. They are joyful, love curling up on their cozy dog beds and make great small watch dogs. Just be sure to teach them to bark until you tell them NOT too. If it gets out of hand, you will have a potential problem with the pomeranian’s training.
7. Toy Poodle
Easy to train and adapts to new tricks very quickly, the Toy Poodle will respond to your commands because of its high intelligence. Although this breed loves children, it needs to be around older children that will show them they are the leaders, not the dogs.
6. German Shepherd
An all around great guard dog, the German Shepherd will protect you and your loved ones strongly. Courageous breeds, willing to defend its owners and an incredibly smart dog also, German Shepherds are used mainly in the police force, because of their manners, adaptability and courage.
5. English Mastiff
You could think of it as a huge teddy bear, the English Mastiff is bred for its strength and ability to endure physical labor. They are considered great family dogs, if you forget about the immensity in size. They are amazing guard dogs and will most likely not bark but intimidate any stranger they perceive to be a threat. You will not need to teach the Mastiff to guard, as it is their natural instinct to protect their own pack.
4. Bull Dog
Not the most athletic breed, but intelligent and great guard dogs, bulldogs are very affectionate and dependable. Their wrinkles make them seem wise, which they are. These good looking Brits are a popular subject for artists and dog-breed themed merchandise, and are great attention hoarders.
3. Collies/Border Collies
Natural herders, Collies are sweet tempered dogs that will even try to herd humans. Training them that you are the pack leader will stop this confusion! Strong dogs with great loyalty, Collies make great companions.
A highly energetic breed, Dalmatians need constant attention because they will always want to play. Bred to run next to carriages, these dogs are full of stamina and cannot be stuck inside for long periods of time.
1. Chocolate lab
Such a loving breed, great for families with children, the Labrador will be a faithful companion until the end. Top pick for service dogs, they are highly intelligent and caring.
It’s amazing how dogs eventually end up looking and acting exactly like their owners, so make sure to be a great role model to your puppy!